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News Archive - April 16, 2013

Maine Court Sets $25,000 Bail For 'North Pond Hermit'

Christopher Knight, whose 27 years of living in near-total isolation in Maine made him an object of fascination after he was arrested for stealing food and supplies, appeared by video for a court hearing Tuesday, when a Kennebec County judge set his bail at $25,000 cash.

Obama's 'Terrorism' Description Follows Cautious First Words

President Obama has been the anti-George W. Bush when it comes to labeling perpetrators of violent acts "terrorists." On Tuesday, he called the Boston Marathon bombing "terrorism," but his stance has long been that his predecessor used the term too loosely. Some say Obama is too cautious.

Envelope Sent To Senator's Office Tests Positive For Ricin Poison

Sen. Harry Reid said the envelope was sent to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi. The envelope was found at a processing plant away from the Capitol.

Stunting From Malnutrition Affects 1 In 4 Kids Worldwide

Even very poor countries, like Ethiopia and Nepal, are making rapid progress against malnutrition in babies and young kids. A report from UNICEF finds that while stunting in kids worldwide is prevalent, it has dropped by a third in the past two decades.

American Airlines Grounds All Flights Due To Computer Glitch

The airline says a glitch in its computerized reservation system caused planes to be grounded for two hours.

Quality Conundrum: Complications Boost Hospital Profits

Hospitals can make more money when surgery leads to complication that need to be fixed. Critics say the current payment system rewards hospitals for bad care and fails to provide incentives that would benefit patients.

Low-Sodium Food Labels Woo, And Confuse, Consumers

Governments set standards for different types of food labels, but most people don't pick up on those nuances, according to a new study on sodium labels. When asked about a variety of health issues, including losing weight and diabetes, participants in a survey said that lower-sodium products would prevent all of them.

Boston Bomb Victim: Krystle Campbell Was 'Caring ... Loving' 'Daddy's Little Girl'

Krystle Campbell, 29, worked hard at everything she did, her father told the AP. She was at the finish line cheering on a friend's boyfriend.

Security Expert: Investigators Seeking Bomber's 'Signature'

An expert on terrorism and security says investigators in Boston are looking for minute clues in bomb debris that could point to a suspect, and also turning to race spectators who might have captured evidence. "That was one of the most photographed sites on the planet yesterday," he said.

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Unveil Immigration Bill

The bill allows undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, if the U.S. borders are secured.

India Refuses Permission For Country's First Playboy Club

The Goa state government says it cannot grant permission for the new club, which was to be the first of eight to be built over the next three years in India.

Runners Dig In Their Heels: 'We Can Endure A Lot'

It may take runners a long time to erase the memory of bombs exploding right at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one of the most celebrated races in the world. But many runners say continuing to run offers a small, symbolic way of putting such violence behind them.

Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite'

Two art museums in Boston are offering free admission Tuesday in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. They hope that residents will find comfort and community.

Italy's Financial Crisis Means More (Bread) Dough At Home

A third of Italians are now making pizza at home, and 19 percent are baking their own bread, an association of Italian farmers reports. Bakeries are adapting by by offering prepared food, and more importantly, sandwiches.

Pedestrian, Cyclist Collision Sends At Least One To Hospital

A woman was taken to the hospital in a neck brace this morning after a collision with a cyclist on Pennsylvania Avenue.

National Attorneys General, Facebook Tackle Online Safety

Online privacy and safety on social media for teens are the target of a joint campaign by the National Association of Attorneys General and Facebook.

China Gives Breakdown Of Its Military, Criticizes U.S.

For the first time, China gives numbers for its ground, air and naval forces. It also slams the U.S. for its shift to Asia.

Alexandria Council Votes To Rezone In West End, Displacing Thousands

The Alexandria City Council voted 6-1 last weekend to demolish affordable apartments in the city's West End to make way for 6,600 luxury units, displacing long-time residents and families.

Vivid Novel About North Korea Wins Pulitzer Honor

Adam Johnson took the fiction prize for The Orphan Master's Son, his sharp take on life in the authoritarian regime under Kim Jong Il.

Oklahoma City Marathon Will Proceed, Organizers Say After Boston Attack

News of the deadly bombing attack on the Boston Marathon is echoing in Oklahoma City, where residents will observe the 18th anniversary Friday of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The events include a marathon, which organizers say will still take place.

Shattered Family: Blast Killed Boy, Wounded Mom & Sister

Eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed. His mother Denise and sister Jane were critically injured. It's one of the first tales of tragedy to emerge from the explosions at Monday's Boston Marathon.

Enhanced Security For Emancipation Day, Following Boston Explosions

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Additional security measures are in place across the District today following the bombing in Boston on Monday. Mayor Vincent Gray says Emancipation Day events will go on as planned.

How To Avoid A Colonoscopy Billing Kerfuffle

Save yourself some hassles by checking with your doctor before the test to make sure the office will bill the insurer for the procedure as preventive screening rather than a diagnostic test.

IMF Lowers 2013 Economic Growth Forecasts

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections for global economic growth, including in the United States, citing sharp cuts in government spending and the struggling eurozone.

Social Media Helped Find Loved Ones After Marathon Bombing

With cellphone service hopelessly congested, many people turned to Twitter and Facebook to report their whereabouts or find out if family and friends attending the race were OK.

Housing Starts Surged In March; Pace Is Fastest In 5 Years

The news is another sign that the housing sector's recovery continues. Also Tuesday, there was word that consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in March. The decline was led by a 4.4 percent plunge in gas prices.

Book News: Pulitzer Fiction-Prize Watchers Can Rest Easy This Year

Also, Captain Underpants is under attack; Granta's new "Best Of Young British Novelists"; the Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist announced.

Strong Earthquake Shakes Iran, Deaths Reported

The estimated 7.8 magnitude temblor was felt across the region. Buildings swayed in India's capital.

The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents

The Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are among the infamous and sometimes horrific moments that have occurred during the month of April.

Boston Marathon Explosions: Latest Developments

The investigation into the explosions that killed three and injured dozens continues. We're tracking developments.

NPR.org Hacked; 'Syrian Electronic Army' Takes Responsibility

The group, said to support the regime of President Bashar Assad, has attacked other news organizations' websites in recent months. This time, it got into NPR.org, The Two-Way and some of NPR's Twitter accounts.